Sony is intending to make the PlayStation 4 backwards-compatible by streaming previous console’s games to the unit, says the Wall Street Journal.

According to Wall Street Journal sources, Sony acquired streaming service Gaikai last year for the purpose of getting PlayStation 3 games onto the PlayStation 4.

It claims the new technology will be unveiled along with the new console during Sony’s presentation this week.

Prior generations of PlayStation have featured backwards compatibility: PlayStation 1 discs worked in a PlayStation 2, and some PlayStation 3 models can play PlayStation 2 games.

However it is thought the system architecture of the PlayStation 4 prevents disc-based compatibility.

Should the rumour be true, there is no reason that PlayStation games couldn’t be streamed to other Internet-capable devices as well.